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Provence decision time: Uzes or St Remy de Provence?

Old Aug 27th, 2010, 12:15 PM
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Provence decision time: Uzes or St Remy de Provence?

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One week rental, June 2011. Unfortunately, have time for a full week at only one (but might spend a few days at Provence b and b elsewhere).

Want to take day trips/country drives, as well as a couple days locally "chez nous." The Uzes place is right in town, the St Remy place a few minutes' walk to town. Gotta be close for that morning walk for cafe creme and pain aux raisins

Hope this is enough info to help you help me. If not, ask away!! Thank you!!
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 01:01 PM
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Tough Choice.

If this is your first trip to Provence, you probably would prefer the St Remy location. If this is your third (or more) trip, Uzes might be better.

I would rate both towns as about equal - giving Uzes the edge because it is less touristy - but many prefer the touristy stuff in St Remy.

St Remy is more centrally located, but if you plan to return to Provence in the future, Uzes would be a good choice for this trip.

We've spent 18 weeks vacationing in Provence - and we would return to Uzes, but probably not St Remy (we've spent 2 weeks in both locations).

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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 01:37 PM
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Merci beaucouup, Monsieur Stu. I have also studied your sent attachement.

What would les gens Fodorites do without you?

Yes, this IS a hard choice. Am traveling with daughter, age 23, who loves to shop and cook. I recall your wife loved the shopping in Uzes?ANd of course, there are t hose marvelous markets (in both places) for cooking ingredients.

The reason i hesitated about Uzes is it seemd 1.5 to 2 hours drive from some of the desired day trip places such as Aix en Provence . I think there is about a one hour drive time beween Uzes and St Remy?

If in Uzes, we'll just have to get up earlier in the morning for day trips. But...nous sommes en vacances--getting up early with espresso is not a problem!
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 01:44 PM
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>>I recall your wife loved the shopping in Uzes?
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 02:00 PM
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Uh-oh. This is making it more difficult!! But i am so very lucky to be able to go and be put in the position to make this decision!!
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 02:32 PM
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We've stayed twice in St Remy, 7 days each time. It's charming town with good restaurants, some wonderful shops & galleries as well as a fun market day! St Remy is well situated and it is an easy town to leave & return to after a day of touring!

Have fun planning your trip!
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 02:33 PM
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We've stayed twice in St Remy, 7 days each time. It's charming town with good restaurants, some wonderful shops & galleries as well as a fun market day! St Remy is well situated and it is an easy town to leave & return to after a day of touring!

Have fun planning your trip!
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 02:55 PM
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As Stu stated, a first time visitor is likely to find St. Remy the most convenient. Its about transit times and the roads and highways. I like Uzes but would still recommend St Remy for your first visit. Good luck. Paul
(we'll spend another week, out of three, near St Remy on our next trip--lots to enjoy)
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Old Aug 28th, 2010, 02:39 PM
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SutD, 2010, and Macanimals, thank you for all the insights of basing in Uzes vs St Remy.
One advantage of Uzes (for us) is it's closer to Montpelier (for a day trip) which appeals to daughter as it's a "young" town with a large percentage of university students.

Mac, is there any special place you've stayed at and enjoyed in St Remy? I checked Provence Paradise, and William has been great at responding,but it's beyond our budget.
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Old Aug 28th, 2010, 02:40 PM
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Oh dear, I meant StuD!! BTW, Stu's rec of Monpelier is one of the reasons we want to visit, time permitting
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Old Aug 28th, 2010, 03:37 PM
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For First time to Provence, ST REMY!
Uzes is not in Provence but in the Languedoc.
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I prefer Uzes myself, I don't like St Remy much. I don't think it's charming at all, expensive, full of ten million tourists and cars circling around, etc.
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Old Aug 28th, 2010, 09:12 PM
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Thank you CigaleC and Christina. I appreciate the range of opinions--it "validates" why it' s such a difficult decision. Still working on making the decision and appreciate the continued feedback.
CIgalechanta, do you mean you would not recommend Uzes because it is not actually in Provence...or because St Remy is more interesting than Uzes for a first-time visitor to the area? Thank you for clarifying its official geographical region.
I made a few brief stops in Provence, on the route to the Cote d'Azur, many decades ago, and feel like a complete "newbie" to the area now.
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On our first (and only, so far) trip to Provence about 2 years ago, I also thought about staying in Uzes, partially because of a fabulous-sounding B&B. In the end we spent 3 nights in St. Remy, at a much less exciting place but in retrospect it was the correct thing to do, as others above have also said. It was much more central to all the places we wanted to visit and I would also recommend it. That said, I LOVED Uzes as a town and if I return someday, might use it as a base for a couple of days.
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oh no, I stayed in Uzes and it has a wonderful Saturday market
that spills into the streets, good restaurants.
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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 12:25 AM
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Thanks, all, I found an affordable (for me) place IN St Remy de Provence that looks lovely and is affordable (for me, anyway).

Once I decide, I'll post here to let now and future people know which ones I considered. Perhaps that will help someone else.

There is one in Uzes town that looks soooo gorgeous, but was a bit of a stretch $$ wise. Still, I'd have done it, but then the unexpected 150 euro additional cleaning fee and 500 euro deposit that would not be returned for up to a month after departure ,were straws that broke my wallet's back!
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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 03:33 AM
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I agree with Stu,

>If this is your first trip to Provence, you probably would prefer the St Remy location. If this is your third (or more) trip, Uzes might be better.<

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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 04:11 PM
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Thank you, Ira!!! Thank you, everyone!!
OK, St Remy it defintely is...but we will do a day trip to Uzes, to enjoy..and for future trip, if we are fortunate enough to be able to return.

I found a lovely place right IN St Remy de Provence town (preferred a place from whichwe can easily walk into town) this is the likely one:

http://locationdecharmeenprovence.com/

If anyone gets a chance to see this, or even better, has stayed, let me know what you think. It is more affordable for me than the places, equally lovely , at Provenceparadise.
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Old Aug 30th, 2010, 06:55 AM
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Hi CN,

You might find my trip report helpful.

Ira Returns From 22 Loverly Days in Europe - Sep, 2009
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-in-europe.cfm

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Hey CaliNurse,

That place does look great. I was in St Remy last May with my mother and sister and we really liked St Remy as a base, and for itself. We had some very nice dinners, enjoyed the Wednesday market, and found it a good jumping-off point for the day trips we wanted to take.

I hope you'll like it, too.

If your accommodation doesn't work out for some reason, here's the link to the place we stayed:

http://www.vrbo.com/96463

(It doesn't have a pool, though, if that is important to you.)

Good luck with your planning.
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